Libertarianism and John Stossel

 

I have no wish to be disrespectful to anyone with this essay and would surely never intentionally insult anyone. But I must admit that I have had, for decades, the thought that I could not understand how anyone beyond the age of 25, let’s say, could be a libertarian. I think some of the ideas, […]

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WC’s Theology of Christ’s Suffering, Redemption of Sinners, and How it Pertains to Donald Trump

 

I call the following ideas “my theology” because I don’t speak for the Church and I have learned just enough Augustine, Aquinas, and Kreeft to be dangerous. Sure, I’ve studied with Bishop Barron (when I started, he was Father Barron), Jeff Cavins, Scott Hahn, and Father Michael Gaitley (his consecration to Mary (based on Louis […]

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Battling the Weaponized Ambiguity of the Church Today

 

In his 1987 Christmas address to the Roman Curia, Pope St. John Paul II, deviated from the custom of giving a year-in-review address and instead spoke of a new vision for the Church. The work of the great Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar had suggested that four biblical images of the Church, based on […]

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Alvin York

 

This is a wonderful discussion of Alvin York and the movie Sgt. York. The comment is made that someone should make a movie about his life and education career in the 1930s-40s. https://www.c-span.org/video/?453510-1/sergeant-york-man-movie More

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The Gallery of Regrettable “Philosophy”

 

When I’m in the mood for political comedy, I often turn to the American Philosophical Association’s blog — a collection of claptrap so crazy that it must be curated by The Onion‘s editorial staff . . . or no editorial staff at all, since its pages are rife with misspellings and grammatical errors. As for its political […]

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Felix (fiction)

 

The day I first met my husband, we had already been married for seven years. I remember where I was then. It was a pier in Midtown, part of the New York Ship Passenger Terminal. The place was full of people waiting for arrivals from Europe. Behind us, the traffic on the new West Side […]

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What Does It Mean to Pray for Others?

 

Over the last few years, many of us have expressed our desire to pray for others who have been the victims of savagery, storms, illness and other kinds of suffering. There are times when we can do other things—make donations, help make repairs, offer words of comfort. It occurred to me, though, how much I rely on praying for others as a way to not only offer solace to them, but as a way to relate to G-d and comfort myself. And yet at one time, I didn’t know what praying for others meant.

I grew up in a barely Jewish family that didn’t speak of prayer or of G-d. We did attend High Holiday Services and decorated for Chanukah. I was even sent to Hebrew and Sunday schools. But even there I don’t remember talking about prayer. At services, of course, there were many prayers to recite; when I returned to Judaism, I was amazed at the number of prayers I remembered just from my exposure to them as a child at synagogue. But they were simply verses I recited, rather than my relating to them in a spiritual way.

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Amazon (fiction)

 

I felt the smile leap around my little group. There was no real cause for it. I just looked up and met the eyes of Auiya and I saw the joy there. And she, my oldest friend, saw the joy in my eyes. And then we looked at the others and we realized we were […]

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Thinking About Anti-Semitism

 

In the days following the murder rampage at the Tree of Life synagogue, I received several expressions of grief from friends who are committed Christians. One included in her note a verse from John Donne:

No man is an island entire of itself . . .
any man’s death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

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The Fight Over Jew-Hatred

 

Believe the Bible or not, it was prescient in its prophecy that God would bless those who bless the Jews and curse those who curse them.

Societies like the good and great United States that embrace Jews have thrived. Societies that turn on their Jews fare poorly.

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One Year On, Fr. Weinandy Reflects on His Letter

 

First of all, Happy All Saints Day. One year ago today, on All Saints Day 2017, Fr. Thomas Weinandy released a public letter to Pope Francis revealing his “deep concern about the “chronic confusion” in the Church and the way that his “seemingly intentional lack of clarity risks sinning against the Holy Spirit.”” More

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Pakistan Supreme Court Acquits Asia Bibi of Blasphemy Charges

 

CNA/EWTN News is reporting that Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian woman who was jailed on blasphemy charges against Islam, has been acquitted and freed from prison. This is good news for Asia Bibi and her family, for those who have been praying for her, and for freedom of speech and freedom of religion. Death sentence […]

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Why the Jews?

 

The outpouring of love and support for Jews following the Pittsburgh synagogue shootings has deeply touched me. I’m not surprised by it, but the reminder of the inclusiveness in our community is one more tribute to Ricochet. In one of the many posts I read, someone asked, “Why have the Jews always been treated this way?” It may have been a rhetorical question, but I took it at face value and decided to share my views about the reasons for anti-Semitism.

It’s important to say at the start that there is no way to provide every explanation for anti-Semitism:

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America recoil in horror as an avowed neo-Nazi opens fire in a Pittsburgh-area synagogue, killing eleven people and wounding others because he thought all Jews needed to die. They also discuss the liberal insistence that this is the year young voters really show up at the polls, but early voting does not suggest that’s happening. And they roll their eyes as Twitter considers scrapping the “like” button to stop hateful messages from going viral. They also react in very different ways following the Bears’ win over the Jets on Sunday.

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Show Up For Shabbat

 

By now we have all discussed the tragedy that took place in the Tree of Life synagogue. There’s a great deal to be said for synagogue security going forward, for conversations about anti-Semitism, online extremism and more. But those conversations are more in-depth and can happen another time.

I wanted to alert Ricochet members to a cool initiative the AJC is implementing for this coming Shabbat (Saturday). It’s simply called #ShowUpForShabbat, and they’re trying to fill the seats at synagogues across the country in solidarity with the American Jewish community.

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While Steve Hayward continues to nurse his voice back to full strength, this episode of the Power Line Show offers another of Steve’s Yale lectures on conservative philosophy, this time on the topic “Edmund Burke: The First Conservative.” Unfortunately Burke wasn’t available for an interview, so it’s just Steve’s introductory thoughts on why Burke’s writings remain highly relevant to our own times and troubles.

(Bumper music at the end this week is “Recreational Chemistry” by moe.)

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Quote of the Day: On Whining and Deafness

 

Last Thursday I had the very great pleasure of driving to Armagh, PA, a tiny little town in farming country about one-hundred miles East of us, in West-Central PA, where Mr. She, my stepdaughter Jenny, our granddaughter Eve, and I had lunch at Griffith’s Tavern, a nice little diner of the “hot meatloaf sandwich with gravy out of a can” variety. Good comfort food, reasonably priced. Also, excellent beer. A great time was had by all.

Other than the chance to see and visit with each other, the purpose of the trip was the handing-over of the annual Halloween costume. I’ve been making my granddaughter’s Halloween costumes since she was two, and now she’s ten. Let’s see: Benjamin Bunny; a chicken; a butterfly; a peacock; an ‘underworld peacock, black and sparkly, probably the closest Eve will ever come to the ‘Goth’ look in her life; a mermaid; ‘Girl Darth Vader’ — I think that’s all of them. All of them unique challenges. Almost all of them made with stretchy, spangly, slippery fabrics that those among us who sew will recognize as just the worst and most difficult stuff to sew, ever. Still, it’s been great fun, and the bag of scraps I’ve accumulated over the years has come in handy from one project to the next.

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Will This Military Cemetery Be Desecrated?

 

Once again, the secular Left is prepared to remove a religious symbol because it believes it violates the Constitution. Does anyone else see the irony in this decision to defend the Constitution?

Of course, the decision by the three-judge panel of the Fourth US Circuit Court of Appeals to remove the cross had little to do with the Constitution and mostly to do with attacking the Christian cross specifically and attacking the symbols of religion in general.

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